Department of Philosophy
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
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Yonatan Shemmer joined the department in 2005. Yonatan completed his PhD in 2002 and since then has held a fellowship in the Humanities at Stanford University. His main interests are the philosophy of action, the philosophy of pratical reason and the contribution of these two fields to Ethics and to the theory of normativity in general.
Yonatan has argued against the view that it is conceptually impossible and psychologically implausible that we have direct control of our desires. He has explored the implication that such direct control of our desires may have for Humean theories of practical reason. In particular, he has agured that such control may enable Humean (and instrumentalist) views to solve problems of cooperation, problems that are usually presented as central reasons for the rejection of these views.
He is now writing a series of articles defending the claim that intrinsic desires are sources of normativity. He hopes that he can thereby strengthen the beleaguered foundations of Humeanism in practical reason.
BA Hebrew University, Jerusalem, PhD Stanford
- Subjectivism about future reasons or the guise of caring. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. View this article in WRRO
- A Normative Theory of Disagreement. Journal of the American Philosophical Association. View this article in WRRO
- II—Objectivity and Idolatry. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume, 90(1), 191-216. View this article in WRRO
- On the Normative Authority of Others. Philosophia, 42(2), 517-521.
- View this article in WRRO Self-governance, reasons, and self-determination. American Philosophical Quarterly, 51(2), 121-133.
- Full Information, Well-Being, and Reasonable Desires. UTILITAS, 23(2), 206-227. View this article in WRRO
- Brute Rationality. Philosophical Review, 117(2), 306-310.
- Desires as reasons (Humeans believe). PHILOS PHENOMEN RES, 75(2), 326-348.
- Book Review: Maureen Sie, Marc Slors and Bert van den Brink (eds.), Reasons of One's Own (Hampshire: Ashgate, 2004), 210 pp. ISBN 0754640639 (hbk). Hardback/Paperback: £45.00/—. Journal of Moral Philosophy, 4(2), 285-288.
- Instrumentalism and desiring at will. Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 35(2), 269-288.
- Desiring at Will and Humeanism in Practical Reason. Philosophical Studies, 119(3), 265-294.
- Introduction In Lenman J & Shemmer Y (Ed.), Constructivism in Practical Philosophy (pp. 1-17). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Constructing Coherence In Lenman J & Shemmer Y (Ed.), Constructivism in Practical Philosophy OUP Oxford
- Mass Perverse Identification: An Argument for a Modest Concept of Autonomy, New Waves in Philosophy of Action (pp. 98-121). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- “Mass Perverse Identification” In Aguilar JH, Buckareff AA & Frankish K (Ed.), New waves in philosophy of action Palgrave MacMillan